Steven James, Monster Shark Tournament Organizer, Dies While Duck Hunting

The fishing community is mourning the death of Steve James of Marshfield, Massachusetts, who lost his life in a duck hunting accident on January 7, 2014. James served as president of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association (SBCBA) for the past three years, was a member of the board of directors of the American Bluefin Tuna Association, and served on various advisory boards and panels of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas including the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel. He was also president of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club, and organizer of the Oak Bluffs (Martha’s Vineyard) Monster Shark tournament for the past 27 years.

According to friends, instead of a wake James’ family will hold a celebration of life on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Ocean Deck Restaurant, 239 Dyke Road, Marshfield. Those wishing to share memories will be welcomed to speak. Donations can be made in his name to the SBCBA to help fight for fishermen’s rights.

Read more: “Friends remember Marshfield’s Steven James as an advocate and outdoorsman.” Marshfield Mariner 1/8/2014.



  1. captain john curry

    Wow I’m shocked! Met Steve at the Monster Shark tourney years ago and always thought, what an awesome person for our fishing heritage. You were right Terry, big surprise for me. My best to you all and please raise a toast for me as I’m in Florida and can’t make it up north.

  2. Lisa J Marino

    Sending condolences from your Uncle Wilfred James” Punk”. So sorry for your Loss. In upstate New York just received the news.

    Lisa Marino and Punk

  3. Ken Siriani

    My condolences to his family and friends. I was a participant in the shark tournaments in Oak Bluffs and had many long conversations with Steve about fisherman’s rights and shark protection/ stock management. He was passionate about it and was always willing to listen. His tireless energy and drive advanced the rights of the anglers of Massachusetts. We have all lost a strong voice and advocate. Tight lines Steve!


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